I always dread this season.
Not the fall season or football season. I love those.
I dread the political season.
We get to see the worst in people and then elect one of them to become our nation’s leader.
Hail to the Chief! Whoopee!
But it’s not all bad news.
When all is said and done, God is the one who chooses our president, because He’s the real Chief. And we can trust Him completely.
Even as this 2016 election season gets more insane, we can trust in the steadfast love of God forever.
We can be like a green olive tree.
I realize being compared to an olive tree isn’t necessarily the clearest of comforts if you’re like me and have lived with oak trees and Bradford pears, but never with olive trees.
Let me explain:
I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.
Olive trees live a long time. Some over 2,000 years.
They withstand drought and storms well, unlike the sensitive, fragile Bradford pear trees.
Bradford pears can’t handle much. They crack and fall under pressure.
America needs to stop acting like a Bradford pear and get back to being an olive tree.
But it’ll only happen when we get back to following Christ as a nation.
I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.
Infinitely stronger than any olive tree, God’s love lasts forever.
No matter how crazy our world gets, or if America ever turns back to Christ or not, God never changes.
Remember that during this changing, bizarro political season.
~ Psalm 52:8
God doesn’t always choose a president who follows Him, but He always chooses the one that fits His purposes.
Sometimes God determines we need a president who inspires us to become a greater nation.
Other times we need a president who shakes us up and makes us realize how far we’ve fallen from pursuing and loving God.
This season we apparently need more than just a regular shake up. Oh my!
I know America needs to turn back to God, but I don’t have a clue how to make that happen.
But God does. And He can, and He will, if that’s His plan.
Unfortunately, we don’t know if that’s His plan. He left it out of the Bible.
No matter. God’s made it clear we simply need to pray, trust, and follow Him–the One who knows it all.
He’s not worried or scrambling. He’s calmly working for our good and His glory.
We might need a microscope to see it in our country right now, but when He’s got all the players and pieces in place, the world will see and know that there’s a God in heaven, and He loves us with an everlasting love.
The political season will never be my favorite season, but we don’t have to dread it when we remember who really runs our country and our world.
Hail to the real Chief–our Almighty, All-knowing, and All-loving God!
Daniel said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever,
For wisdom and power belong to Him.
It is He who changes the times and the epochs;
He removes kings and establishes kings; [and presidents] . . .”
~ Daniel 2:20-21 NASB